The recommended maximum daily dose, per manufacturer and FDA, is Ambien 10 mg per day. The medication is rapidly absorbed in the body and eliminated over a 2.5 hr time period. This means that the body will not accumulate any of the medication.
She would probably experience the side effects quicker than usual. If she has only done this for one dose, there are no issues to worry about at this time.
Common side effects include drowsiness, dizziness, diarrhea, and a "drugged feeling." More severe side effects that may be seen with increased high doses include abnormal behaviors or thoughts, getting out of bed and not being fully awake to do normal activities, memory loss, hallucinations, and anxiety.
More importantly, she should not continue to take more than 10 mg per day. She should consult her health care provider or pharmacist for further assistance in decreasing the Ambien dose and preventing toxic symptoms, possibly as severe as coma. It is important to take the medication just before bedtime.
It is important to take this medication according to the recommended guidelines, otherwise discontinue use. Again, the maximum daily dose should not exceed 10 mg per day for the regular Ambien medication.
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